Time Travel

If I could travel back

to that moment

when I accepted that seductor’s invitation

and instead simply say,

“No thank you,”

saving me a world of hurt…


If I could go back

to that dinner in Africa

and not eat that amoeba

that stayed in my belly,

stealing my strength for decades…


If I could stop that car

from killing my sister,

or take my mother to the hospital sooner

so the doctor could fight

the pneumonia in time…


Would I?


Of course I can revise my past actions in any now,

but what if I could also change the outcomes?


Mind swoons with the notion:

Maybe life would be lighter, easier.

I would be steadier, healthier,

less plagued by stress and fear.


But then…

I may not have met the Friend.


Inside, I ask…what is the truth?


The answer comes in a shower of love:

All the past is crucial,

none of it important.


It is but an eye blink

in a lifetime of seeing.


It is a firefly’s flash

among all the stars in the Milky Way.


It is a dew drop

on an orchid petal in a rainforest.


So instead of time-traveling back,

I journey inward now,

where all disappears

into the golden hue of You.



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15 Responses to “Time Travel”

  1. Chloe August 3, 2017 at 7:32 am #

    Thank you Leslie, this brings tears to my eyes. I have so many ‘regrets’ of past actions that pop up in my mind. I can see my mind spending precious energy wrestling with the ‘what ifs’ rather than releasing and going within to see a bigger picture. It’s a feat to realise that these so called ‘regrets’ of the mind are blessings to the soul as the teachiings they bring help us to springboard within. I have so much releasing to do, and too often identify with the tussle my mind entertains, but it’s inspiring to read this poem and know that all this stress and anguish is and will be but ‘a firefly’s flash among all the stars in the Milky Way’. Thank you!

    • Lesley August 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

      Thank you, Chloe, so beautifully said. It is a relief to come to know that all is perfect. 🙂

  2. Debra Kuszewski August 3, 2017 at 9:01 am #

    Thank you!!

  3. Monica Zmuda August 3, 2017 at 9:07 am #

    Incredibly moving and beautiful, Leslie. Your words are so elevated and filled with the Divine Sound Current. Love, Monica

    • Lesley August 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

      Thank you, Monica, it is definitely the Shabda moving through, and may I say you are seeing yourself! XO

  4. Colleen August 3, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    Simply exquisite Lesley. You moved me to tears yet again ….and I’m grateful for it : )

    • Lesley August 3, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

      Thank you, Colleen, I am happy for your tears. I too am always grateful when they come.

  5. Sherri Ohnemus August 3, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    The truth in this so beautiful, thank you Lesley

    • Lesley August 3, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

      So true, Sherri, the truth is always stunningly beautiful. I’m happy this spoke to you in that way. Thank you!

  6. Helen Visarraga August 3, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    This is so touching and revealing. The imagery and words ever so powerful. Meeting the friend makes it all so worthwhile doesn’t it?

  7. Stephani August 4, 2017 at 1:56 am #

    Thank you for the reminder to remember. Meeting the Friend. All else pales in comparison. Remember.

  8. Rudy August 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    As you know, I am a sucker for beautiful imagery, and you nailed it again here. Your similes are so perfect — a dew drop on an orchid in a rain forest! How perfect is that!

    Your poetry is always thoughtful and penetrating, but it is also unique and creative. I so much appreciate your sharing it with all of us!

  9. al medina September 23, 2017 at 9:25 am #

    Hi Lesley. Thanks kindly for the profound poetry. The True Teacher says that, eons ago, we wanted to experience desires…so we left our perfect Home and descended on the “desire ray”. Wow. All of our conscious contact with this world is a result of that “itch” we had long ago. All causes and effects emerged from that primal itch which propelled us into subtle, then gross, then dense matter. Here we are!! Now, we wish to return to the perfect and desireless realm from which we initially had that…that…that…itch!! The True Teacher has reached into the deep ocean of illusion and has retrieved a diamond…that diamond is you! Much love.

    • Lesley September 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

      Beautifully said, Al. That profound story you told in so few words is our whole history and destiny too. The farther along the path we go the more stunning the system becomes, because we can SEE it. And you, Al, are such a sparkly diamond, for all to see. Thank you!

      • al medina September 29, 2017 at 6:29 am #

        Thanks, Lesley! Yes, the spark is bright and resonant if I can follow my spiritual disciplines. If I slip into indolence, that spark gets buried in the tyranny of mind, matter and egotism…the deep sleep state. Your poetry is helping many to get a broader view of our real purpose here. Thanks!

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